The Alaska Travel Industry Association is pleased to announced their 2015-2016 Board of Directors. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair - Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises - AT-LARGE (E - exp 18) Vice Chair - Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 17) Past Chair - Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines - OUTSIDE (E - exp 16) Secretary/Membership Chair - Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 17) Treasurer/Finance Chair - Charlie Ball, Holland America – Princess Alaska Yukon - OUTSIDE (E - exp 17) Tourism & Policy Planning Chair - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks - INTERIOR (E - exp 18) Government Relations..
“The ATIA Foundation Scholarship Program helps support the education of young Alaskans interested in pursuing tourism as possible career path. This year, the ATIA Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to students from across the state. Much of the financial support for these scholarships comes from ATIA members and industry partners, demonstrating our commitment to building an educated and trained tourism workforce,” said Sarah Leonard, ATIA President and CEO and ATIA Foundation board member. $3,000 Un-Cruise Adventures Scholarship Awardee: Elizabeth Jagusch, Ketchikan, AK A one-year $3,000 scholarship funded through the support of Un-Cruise Adventures. $2,500 Holland America..
Congratulations to the newly elected and appointed 2016-2017 ATIA Board of Directors. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Board Chair - Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours - SOUTHEAST (E - exp 17) Vice Chair - Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage - SOUTHCENTRAL (E - exp 19) Secretary/Membership Chair -Elizabeth Hall, John Hall's Alaska Cruises & Tours - AT-LARGE (E - exp 17) Treasurer/Finance Co-Chair - Charlie Ball, Holland America – Princess Alaska Yukon - OUTSIDE (E - exp 17) Treasurer/Finance Co-Chair - Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours - OUTSIDE (E - exp 18) Tourism & Policy Planning Chair - Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks - INTERIOR (E - exp 18) Government Relations Co-Chair - Deborah Hansen, Pike's Waterf..
Beginning this month, ATIA and AGA will join forces with the collaborative goal of continuing to promote tourism businesses in Alaska practicing economic, environmental and social sustainability. Since 2008, AGA has operated as a volunteer, non-profit organization. AGA remains the only certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet specific standards of economic, environmental and social sustainability. To date, AGA has certified over 25 businesses that have qualified for a Gold, Silver or Bronze Level AGA certification. AGA has reached this level of success because of the leadership, interest and commitment of Alaska’s tourism businesses. “ATIA is excited about ..
Message from the President It is that season again and you will probably read many letters about giving. Sometimes the more modest messages are the ones that stick with you. I spoke with a friend recently, and she told me the story of how she changed someone’s life. It wasn’t because of a big gesture or even something given at a tremendous cost. It was simply this: she told someone they mattered. They made a difference. Last October, at the annual convention, ATIA made a difference in the lives of 14 individuals. The ATIA Foundation awarded scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500 to Alaska residents who are just starting out—or who are continuing their education—in the tourism indust..
Since 2001, the ATIA Foundation has awarded $310,000 in scholarships to more than 150 individuals. Past scholarships have benefited Alaska students pursuing their career in tourism from Ketchikan to Nome and Kodiak to Tok with a special Rural Award benefiting villages and small communities. During the 2015 award cycle, the ATIA Foundation granted over $21,000 in awards in support of students’ professional development and education advancements in Alaska’s tourism industry. The scholarship program strengthens the travel industry across the state and assists in the education of Alaskans working in tourism. For Alaskans interested in applying for a 2016 ATIA Foundation Scholarship, general info..